Archive for April 20th, 2011

20
Apr
11

Men vs Middlebury

After the women’s match the weather had cleared up and the men got to play their first outdoor home match of the year versus #1 in the country Middlebury. At #1 doubles Matt and Rob played nationally ranked pairing Brantner Jones and Andy Peters. Matt and Rob were fired up to play a top opponent and they brought everything they had. The served high percentage, gutted out long points, and hit some of the sickest volleys ive seen this year. The level they played was national championship caliber and they took the match 8-4.

At #3 Middlebury got some quick revenge as they won 8-1. At #2 the bobcats were sporting a new pairing with our most experienced players, Sam and Jeff. Playing the very skilled pairing of Lunghino and Farah it was a very up and down match. Each team was up a break at certain points in the match and the audience was captivated at the quality of play. A late break in the match proved costly and the bobcats fell 9-7.

In singles the bobcats fought at every spot but the Middlebury team was more disciplined today and that was the difference maker. Though most of the matches were close, like Kyle’s (6-3 6-4) or Rob’s (3-6 6-4 10-8), the bobcats dropped all 6 spots. Middlebury played very well and earned the win. The biggest key in this match was they kept their depth when we didn’t and they were a little more disciplined in the long points than we were. There is a reason they are #1 in the nation, but the bobcats are hungry for another shot at them in NESCACs in a few weeks. The bobcats next match will be against #15 ranked Trinity.

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20
Apr
11

Women vs Middlebury

On Sunday the women took on #10 Middlebury inside on the Merrill courts. Play started with doubles and at #1 Meg and Jacqui played a great match. Both were extremely aggressive crashing the net and played very intelligent doubles overall. The match was very close and a couple points didnt fall our way and they lost a close one. At #2 Nicole and Ashley started a little slowly but then picked it up and played at a very high level the rest of the way. However, it was a little too late and their opponents never gave them an opening to come back. At #3 Kristen and Erika had another heartbreaking battle and though they also played well, they came up just short 8-6. Though we lost all three doubles spots, there was marked improvement from our last match and our teams are really starting to gel.

Singles went a similar path. At all 6 spots we played solid tennis. We worked for every ball, played disciplined, played with a lot of positive energy, and fought like crazy. Unfortunately the score doesn’t always indicate how close a match was and this was one of those cases. We lost all 6 singles but were very proud of how we produced. Erika and Nicole both pushed their opponents to tie-breakers. Middlebury is a very strong team and they deserve credit for the level at which they competed. However, this match gave everyone a lot of confidence knowing that we can play with anyone in the country. The women will take on Bowdoin at home this Wednesday in what is sure to be another tough match.




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